The YouTube upload is an optional feature in the Qbrick OVP. When enabled, it allows you to upload specific videos to your YouTube account in a few clicks, add or update their metadata and, if necessary, remove the videos from your YouTube account.
The feature is available in the ‘Categories’ tab for each video.
Activating the feature is quite easy ‐ all you need is to:
- Provide us with the username & password for the YouTube account you want to use for uploading videos from your OVP. Send them through to your Key Account Manager.
- Make sure that you have a channel created on your YouTube account. Follow YouTube instructions on how to create channels.
Uploading to YouTube
- Find the media item you want to upload in your Media Library and click the Categories tab. Under the categories tree, you will find the following section:
- If the media item is a playlist, comprising of more than one media files (videos), choose the video you wish to upload on the drop down. If there is only one media file available, it will be preselected for you. Click ADD TO YOUTUBE and SAVE.
The video will now be uploaded to YouTube, together with the metadata.
Please note that it is only possible to upload one media file (video) from a playlist. If you wish to add the remaining videos, add them through separate media items in the Media Library.
Choosing the right video file format
The VMS will automatically choose the video with the best quality in case the playlist item has been encoded for dynamic streaming. Please note that YouTube will encode the video one more time upon upload.
If you choose to encode the video files yourself, and you upload them directly to Qbrick's CDN (meaning outside of the Qbrick’s encoding services), make sure you follow YouTube guidelines for proper file format. Search the YouTube documentation for their current recommendations.
Uploading from playlists
A playlist can comprise of several media files (videos) and therefore cannot be uploaded to YouTube ‘in one go’. As mentioned above, it is not possible to upload more than one media asset from the same playlist.
You will either have to upload videos through different playlists, or remove the previously uploaded one from YouTube before new upload.
- Removing from YouTube can be done directly through the OVP. Simply click the REMOVE CURRENT button and SAVE:
The following messages explain the possible statuses when uploading to YouTube. Refresh the page (or come back later) to see the current status.
Please note that removing the video will only remove it from your YouTube account. The video will still be available in your OVP.
When you add a video to YouTube, it will be published to your account with the Privacy Setting set to 'Public'.
The following metadata will also be published (configured on the Metadata tab for each video):
Every time any of the above is modified and the changes are saved, the details will also be updated on YouTube.
Note that even changing the entire title of the video in the OVP will simply overwrite the previous title on YouTube. The statistics, comments etc. for this video will remain. This will not work the other way round meaning any changes to the title, description or tags done directly on YouTube will not be reflected in the OVP.
List of published videos
You can see all media items that have a video published to YouTube on the left hand side menu, in the YouTube category:
Additionally, you will be able to see if a playlist item has been published by browsing to the video and clicking the Categories tab. If the following options are available, your video has already been published to YouTube:
- How long does it take before I can see the video in my YouTube account?
As soon as you click ADD TO YOUTUBE and SAVE, Qbrick will download the file from the CDN (Content Delivery Network) likely at the speed of 100Mb/s. The video will then be uploaded to YouTube, likely at the same speed. After YouTube processes the file, it will be available to the viewers ‐ in 95% of cases the process takes approximately 2‐20 minutes depending on the file size. It occurs in the background, however, meaning you can carry on working on other video files in the meantime.
- I can't find a video in my YouTube account by its title, why?
Remember that the title of the video uploaded to YouTube via OVP will follow the OVP’s Metadata settings. In other words, if the title of the video is changed in the OVP, it will also be changed on YouTube.
Alternatively, the video might have been deleted either via OVP or directly via your YouTube account. It could also have been changed directly on YouTube. Please note that any changes to the title (description or tags) done directly on YouTube will not be reflected in the OVP.
I can't upload the video file ‐ YouTube says it's a duplicate.
You cannot upload 2 identical video clips, even though you’re using two different playlists (meaning different metadata details). YouTube verifies on a number of factors and will reject such file.
- Are there any limits to the number and the length of tags?
The tag field in the OVP has a limit of 1000 characters, including spaces. Qbrick does not add any background tags on upload so you can use all 1000 characters available when configuring tags in the OVP.
See the YouTube documentation on the length and the number of tags currently supported there (it’s approximately 30 characters per tag and 500 characters in total, including spaces). Always check the YouTube documentation for the most up‐to‐date information.
- What's the recommended format of tags?
We recommend that you use comma separated tags, that is:
tag1, tag2, tag3
Semicolons or spaces are not supported as separators – YouTube will transform a list of tags which are not separated with comma into one long tag entry.
- What's the longest title possible?
The title in the OVP can be max 100 characters long, including spaces.
See the YouTube documentation on the title length currently supported there (less than 100 characters including spaces). Always check the YouTube documentation for the most up‐to‐date information.
- What's the longest description possible in OVP?
Qbrick’s OVP has a very high upper limit for the description field (over 10000 characters including spaces).
See the YouTube documentation on the length of the description currently possible there (it’s approximately 5000 characters including spaces). Always check the YouTube documentation for the most up‐to‐date information.